Ceraland Park fires up for weekend

You say you need more than fire in the sky for Fourth fun?

Faster than you can breathe out an ooooh or ahhh, Ceraland Park can give you enough patriotic possibilities for the whole holiday weekend. We’re talking a live country and pop-rock concert with area band Hot Wired, miniature golf, a beanbag tournament, swimming, a pair of outdoor family movies, pony rides and karaoke for starters.

“The karaoke is usually very popular,” said Corey Behymer, Ceraland’s business manager.

For those without a song in their heart, there’s also food and craft vendors, a tug-of-war contest, a watermelon-eating contest, and other offerings. And at 10 p.m. Monday, there are those pseudo bombs bursting in air to put an exclamation point on freedom.

Like last year, organizers expect a park full of 10,000 to 12,000 people for the fantastic finale. A key: Most staffers will tell you there’s not a bad seat in the entire park for the rockets’ red glare and more.

One added attraction for families are $15 Fun Day Bracelets that cover the cost of all activities for youngsters.

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What: Ceraland Park Fourth of July weekend, Friday through Monday.

Where: 3989 S. County Road 525E, Columbus.

Friday: Outdoor movie, “Finding Nemo,” at dark.

Saturday: Food and craft vendors, noon to 8 p.m.; pony rides, noon to 8 p.m.; beanbag tourney, 3 to 5 p.m.; kids karaoke, 6 to 8 p.m.; “Reef” outdoor movie, at dark.

Sunday: Tug of War contest, 2 to 4 p.m.; watermelon-eating contest, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday: Closest to the pin contest, noon to 2 p.m.; concert with Hot Wired, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Park admission for those without season passes: $2 per person ages 4 and older.

Information: 812-377-5849 or visit ceraland.org.